kahuna

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from Hawaiian kahuna ‎(shaman, wizard).

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Noun[edit]

kahuna ‎(plural kahunas or kahuna)

  1. (Hawaii) A priest or priestess of the traditional Hawaiian religion.
    • 2012, Julia Flynn Siler, Lost Kingdom, Grove Press, p. 230:
      They were kāhuna, practitioners of the old Hawaiian religion, apparently offering themselves as sacrifices to appease the gods so that the queen would be restored.
  2. (surfing) A great surfer.

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Hawaiian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Proto-Polynesian *tufuŋa

Noun[edit]

kahuna ‎(irregular plural kāhuna)

  1. priest, sorcerer, magician, minister, wizard
  2. expert in any profession (doctors, surgeons, dentists were referred to as such in the 1845 laws)

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